Govt Strives For Expatriates' Inclusion In Policy Making: Qureshi
Sumaira FH 28 days ago Wed 22nd September 2021 | 10:31 PM
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Wednesday said the government was striving for inclusion of overseas Pakistanis in country's policy making process as efforts were underway despite all odds
NEW YORK, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Sep, 2021 ) :Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Wednesday said the government was striving for inclusion of overseas Pakistanis in country's policy making process as efforts were underway despite all odds.
The foreign minister, addressing the Pakistani community members here during his visit mainly to attend the UN General Assembly session, said Imran Khan always advocated for granting voting right to the expatriates.
He told the gathering that Imran Khan always desired to specially focus the welfare of the overseas Pakistanis.
He thanked Chairman of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for taking measures to facilitate the Pakistani community enabling them to obtaining official documents without any hassle.
The foreign minister thanked the community for sending $29.4 billion remittances despite COVID pandemic and its adverse impacts on businesses. Around $3 billion remittances came from the US, he added.
He highlighted that an FM Portal had been introduced initially in five countries including the US which would be expanded to 21 countries in next phase.
He said the government had also introduced an FM Honors List to recognize the services of Pakistanis expatriates particularly during the COVID-19 for their countrymen.
He told the community that the government had also introduce various measures to facilitate the investment of expatriates in Pakistan as they had already deposited over $2 billion though Roshan Digital Account.
Touching the Afghanistan situation, he said Pakistan had fully supported the diplomatic personnel and citizens of various countries for evacuation from Kabul but unfortunately the gesture was not given due recognition.
The foreign minister said no one should impede the process of granting voting right to expatriates as the government was taking steps to make the system error-free.
The foreign minister also inaugurated a NADRA Center at Pakistan's NEW York Consulate to provide the facilities like issuance of NICOP, family registration certificate and succession certificate as well as a land record center and new website.